We had the good fortune of connecting with Bree Torti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bree, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I believe to really curate a balance between your profession and your life outside of work, takes a lot of lessons and learning through it all to realize that you must implement a work- life balance or you can physically and mentally reach the burn out stage.
Through the fourteen years as a licensed hairstylist, I went through many stages ; such as starting as an assistant to get my foot in a top rated salon and learn from the best. But that comes with long hours and little time for anything outside of work. Once I reached a certain level I become a jr stylist on the floor. From this level I decided to branch off to booth rent at different salons. Being a booth renter stylist you have already established your clientele ,but more importantly gave me the freedom to construct my own schedule , where I can finally mold my own work life balance lifestyle. After jumping from salon to salon I wanted to create a space that represents me, a calm , light, positive space, so I decided to take the risk and go all in with opening my own salon suite in downtown San Diego in 2019. A year later covid hit. I feel Covid gave us a pause. . .
Time to reflect with where we’re at and getting more in tune with hobbies that brought me a sense of wellness and peace and also self soothing in such a stressful time. At this time is really when I told myself I am going to create a routine to hold myself accountable since my line of work was non essential I didn’t want to be trapped inside a house binging Netflix. I decided to create a routine that I promised myself till this day, while now back to working, to wake up every morning and do some kind of morning movement with my pup Bubba . For the most part I pretty much did a hike almost everyday during quarantine. It kept me mentally sane during all the unknowns. I also wanted to help and show others through my Instagram that you too can do the same and get outside and take care of yourself first. The thing is life is an unknown , so I decided to stick with this routine getting out In nature , gym, Pilates class , I found this so beneficial to my own well-being that I had found a good work – life balance through one of the toughest years . To follow my morning movements – adventures on Instagram @breetorti and my hair page @hairbybreetorti. As I always tell everyone above all, practice living in the moment. It’s truly one of the most difficult mindsets to accomplish but you become more at peace with yourself.
What should our readers know about your business?
Hair by Bree Torti started when I was three years old putting butterflies clips in my dads hair. Knowing at such a young age what my purpose was came easy to me. Fast forward to being a licensed hairstylist , my favorite thing about doing what I do is truly the relationships I build. I have become so close to each client, and it shows through time the loyalty through them, personal conversations that they share only with me along with many laughs. I’d say I’m not just a hairstylist but also a talking Yelp. You will walk out filled with recommendations .
My favorite service to do is transformations. I truly love and thrive off of the smiles and texts I get about how happy they are with their hair. By transforming your hair it really
Is a self esteem boost, my goal is to always make you feel confident and look amazing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m huge on hiking , i love a good ambiance of restaurants , and hot spots for amazing gelato. So my itinerary would look like : hitting up a hike such as : mission trails , south- north fortuna , heading out east to the Cuyamacas, hitting the beach for a nature walk at Torrey Pines.
For restaurants with great food and cute ambiance, I love ; Madison, Cesarina, Javier’s, Born and Raised , Donna Jean, Kindred, the list goes on for this foodie. And out of all the gelato spots I’ve tried my favorite still is Pappalecco in Little Italy.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would first like to shout out to my rescue pup Bubba who really rescued me through covid. Along with my amazing clients who stuck with me during that crazy time , and for my family and friends that are always there for me.
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